A handsome antique silver tankard of large size and good weight. Plain baluster form with a shaped scroll handle. Bright colour. Uninscribed.
Contains 670 ml, over 1 imperial pint.
Weight 365 grams, 11.7 troy ounces.
Height 12.2cm. Spread 13cm. Diameter 8.7cm.
Maker John Edwards II.
JOHN EDWARDS II
John Edwards II, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas Pritchard of the Grocers Company in 1708 for 7 years. Freedom 1723. 2 marks, sterling and New Standard, entered as largeworker in 1723, in partnership with George Pitches. 3rd and 4th marks alone 1724. 5th mark 1739. 6th mark 1753, possibly of his son. Grimwade describes Edwards’ work as having remarkable quality of execution. His works include the large rococo inkstand of 1744 and an outstanding tureen with dolphin handles and crab finial of 1737 (formerly in the Hurst collection). (formerly in the Butlin collection) He is likely to be the Edwards entered in the Jewel House records as subordinate Goldsmith to King